‘GET 2 GULLIVERS MANC PEEPS WE’RE ON NOW TILL 8!!!!!!! R PRAYERS HAV BEEN ANSWERED’, this is what Manchester quartet FLESH tweeted after they missed their original Dot to Dot slot due to heavy traffic. So with my press pass and notepad in hand, I ran 4356 miles across Manchester to reach Gullivers. Only managing to make it for their final track, FLESH’s snotpop was on top form. After their set finished, I caught up with Hazza, Robbie and Jon and talked about drinking sick to what it’s like supporting Peace.
So after rushing up from London and missing you’re original planned slot, you managed to finally get on stage here at Gullivers, how do you think it went?
Hazza – Yeah it went really good. We were really stuck in traffic, so we got held up fucking loads. Then we got off the motorway and we were like ‘Yeah yeah, we’re on it’ then this guy has got this steam tractor and he’s going like four miles an hour and he’s holding up everyone, I was getting proper proper stressed out. Then we got here and they were like ‘we’ll see what we can do’ and we were like ‘we’re really sorry’. We then got asked if we could make it to Gullivers in seven minutes and were like ‘Yeah, we’re on it’. We came down and played a mini set, it’s good to be here.
Jon – It went alright seeing it was pretty last minute. ‘Play here in seven minutes’ and we were like ‘sound’.
Robbie – So we ran here, got our shit out and I think we got it together alright.
Jon – Yeah and there was quite a few people here too. We were proper stoked to get another slot, we would have been so gutted.
Hazza – So yeah, big love to DHP.
Robbie – Yeah shout out to DHP for sorting it out for us, it’s wicked.
You had a Bez like dude dancing at front, who was that?
Hazza – That’s our mate Joe, he’s from Stoke but he lives wherever he wants I suppose. He’s always around so we sometimes get him on stage and he gets it going. The last couple of gigs he has come up on stage and started throwing up, he likes drinking sick. So yeah that’s pretty cool.
You’ve had quite a packed month, how do you feel it’s gone so far?
Hazza – It’s been alright k’now, we do it all in our drummer’s BMW and that’s nice. But it’s been a packed month and we’ve carrying around a lot of shit because we do it all ourselves. Apart from today it’s been pretty easy and to be honest today didn’t end up even being that hard. It’s all going really well.
Robbie – It’s been really good. It’s been hectic obviously and we’ve had changeover in members for various reasons. But we’ve sorted it out and we’re having a good time.
Jon – It feels good to be this busy I think, playing up and down the country.
Robbie – It’s also an excuse to see our mates in other cities
You supported Peace back in March for three nights when they had their residency at The Deaf Institute, what did you learn from them gigs? Anything from Peace?
Hazza – I learnt a lot of things, I think we all learnt a lot of things. We learnt that The Deaf Institute stage is a bit small… I kept hitting my head on the balcony. But yeah it was cool, we learnt a few things from Peace.
Robbie – Obviously with Peace they’re on it, they’re really good live.
Jon – We’ve learnt some vocal warm-ups from them.
Hazza – They have an interesting way of warming up, so we copy them.
Robbie – We’ve sounded better live ever since we started doing it.
You’re latest track is W8 4 ME, when can we see a follow up?
Hazza – That would be giving it away wouldn’t it?
Robbie – Secret for now but it’ll all be online soon though
Is it a track you play in your set?
Hazza – Maybe, might be.
Jon – Might not.
You’ve recently got a new drummer Conor, how have the shows gone with him as drummer?
Hazza – They’ve been terrible…
Robbie – Nah like a dream, like a dream.
Hazza – Yeah they’ve gone fucking great, he’s an asset.
Jon – He’s solid man.
Hazza – Plus he’s got a BMW.
Robbie – He’s actually solid in general.
Hazza – Yeah yeah he’s hard as fuck, which all adds. Protection and all that.
So Jon, how has it gone switching from drums to being a guitarist? has it been weird at all?
Jon – Not really, I guess I’m a guitarist mainly anyway so it wasn’t a big step. I’ve played guitar in bands and stuff before and I think it feels more natural. I think it’s more fun too.
You’ve been compared to Oasis, Madchester bands and Weezer by people but is there any comparisons you’ve had that you’ve just completely disagreed with?
All at once – Goldie Lookin Chain
Hazza – Cos we’re not shitty Welsh Hip-Hop for a start. People just see tracksuits and think ‘Yeah, Goldie Lookin Chain’.
Robbie – Yeah some people may see the tracksuits on them and make the comparison. Tracksuits are cool man and they’re practical.
Hazza – The thing is, we don’t even wear full tracksuits… Just the tops… or the bottoms… but not together.
Finally, what are the plans for FLESH for the rest of 2015? If you can tell me
Jon – Can we give it away?
Robbie – Nah we can’t give anything away mate. We’ll just be cracking on with more gigs.
Hazza – We can’t even tell you where we are going after this, there’s an injunction.
Robbie – We’ll be shooting a lot of stuff over the summer and getting ready to smash it out in September.
Hazza – We’ve been doing a lot of live shit recently, so we’re gonna calm it down, chill out and get some little recordings out.
Jon – We might go in record in the Caribbean I think…
Shout out to FLESH for finding time do to the interview during their busy schedule and if you know what’s right then you’ll check out their stuff down below.